Reports on Protest & Resistance
On Tues. Jan. 10th, RefuseFascism.org protesters disrupted racist Senator Sessions confirmation hearing and were removed in handcuffs. They were dragged out chanting, "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” and "We refuse to accept a fascist America. We have to be in the streets starting January 14 to stop the Trump/Pence fascist regime from coming to power."
A letter to Congress, signed by professors from 170 law schools in 48 states, urges the Senate to reject nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general reports Washington Post writer Sari Horwitz. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold confirmation hearings for Sessions on January 10-11.
The battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is the expression of the determination of thousands of indigenous people coming together - the largest such gathering in over a century - and, through their perseverance and example, inspiring thousands more to join with them to stop another disaster for our water and the life that depends on it. And make no mistake: President Obama has the power to stop the military assault on the Water protectors. The Army Corps of Engineers is under the cammand of the executive branch. BUt he has not. Instead, he declared November "National Native American Heritgae Month."
At an event at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Law School titled "The First 200 Days, Foreign Policy Law Challenges for the Next Administration," Harold Koh spoke last Friday about his life as a top legal advisor to Clinton under Obama's Dept. of State.
Curt Wechsler, FireJohnYoo.org | November 1, 2016
Saturday October 29th World Can't Wait San Francisco and friends took a stand against 'Torture Professor' John Yoo and his handlers at UC Berkeley Law School.
On Friday October 7, we marked the sad anniversary of fifteen years of war against Afghanistan. World Can’t Wait and other activist groups including Veterans for Peace, Granny Peace Brigade, the Raging Grannies, War Resisters League and NYS Green Party protested against the war outside the military recruting center on Times Square.
On August 26, NFL 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick put a lot on the line when he refused to stand for the national anthem. He explained, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Almost immediately Colin was slammed for being unpatriotic, receiving racist taunts and death threats.
Debra Sweet | September 16, 2016
Chelsea said Tuesday, “I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me... But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long. Also, why were such drastic measures needed? The surgery was recommended in April 2016. The recommendations for my hair length were back in 2014. In any case, I hope this sets a precedent for the thousands of trans people behind me hoping they will be given the treatment they need.”
On Sunday 9/11, the scene downtown near the WTC was very subdued. We covered a large sidewalk area with anti-war displays, including a drone model and large banners. No one in authority said a word, though we had applied for no permits. MANY fewer people walked by than we saw in 2011 when we did a similar display at the same location. But people from Syria, Afghanistan, all over Europe, Asia, and Africa, stopped to talk. Fewer people took our flyers than have done so recently, including when we protested the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and ran out of materials.